Leadership Series | New Visions, New Voices

ArtTable is pleased to invite members and friends to our first Annual Leadership Series at the New School: New Visions, New Voices.
Co-presented by The Vera List Center for Art and Politics and The New School
The panel discussion will feature the women helming art museums in four of New York City’s boroughs: Holly Block, executive director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, the Brooklyn Museum; and Laura Raicovich, president and executive director, the Queens Museum. Moderated by co-chief art critic of The New York Times Roberta Smith the conversation will focus on the role each institution plays in its community, while also featuring insights and anecdotes from each participant.

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Holly Block, Executive Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
In 2006, Holly Block was appointed as the executive director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She previously served as a curator at the museum from 1985 to 1988. For 18 years, from 1988 to 2006, Ms. Block was executive director of Art in General, a leading nonprofit arts organization in Lower Manhattan. In 2013, Ms. Block was appointed by Department of State as co-commissioner of the United States Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and presented the work of artist Sarah Sze. In 2015, she launched the most significant museum collaboration between the U.S. and Cuba in the last 50 years with El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. This cultural collaboration, Wild Noise, includes an exhibition exchange, a residency for artists, and a teen exchange program. In addition, Ms. Block has spearheaded a free admission policy since 2012, increasing attendance from a modest 20,000 annual visitors to more than 100,000 today.  

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, 
The Studio Museum in Harlem

Thelma Golden is director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem where she began her career in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. After a decade at the Whitney, she returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as deputy director for exhibitions and programs, and was named director and chief curator in 2005. Golden was appointed to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House by President Obama in 2010, and in 2015 joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s board of directors. Golden is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. Born in St. Albans, Queens, Golden currently resides in Harlem

Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum  

Since Anne Pasternak joined the Brooklyn Museum in September 2015, she has been envisioning new ways to connect its historical collections with leading-edge practices. Previously, she served as president and artistic director of Creative Time, a New York City based non-profit arts organization that commissions and presents adventurous public art projects. Renowned projects include performances in the historic Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, sculptural installations in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall, sign paintings in Coney Island, skywriting over Manhattan, and among the most remarkable, the Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the sky above the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11, and which continue to be presented on the anniversaries of that date.

Laura Raicovich, President and Executive Director, Queens Museum

Laura Raicovich has served as the president and executive director of the Queens Museum since January 2015. Prior to this position, Raicovich worked in several of the top arts and cultural institutions, she previously served as the Director of Global Initiatives at Creative Time, the deputy director of the Dia Art Foundation, in addition to holding positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Public Art Fund, and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. In the past two decades of her career, Raicovich has proven herself to be an experienced art professional and transformative cultural producer as well as an authority on socially engaged and collaborative art.


Roberta Smith, Co-Chief Art Critic, The New York Times

In 2011, Roberta Smith became the first woman to hold the Co-Chief Art Critic title at The New York Times. Prior to her start as a staff writer at The Times in 1986, Smith had written exhibition reviews for Artforum, Art in America, the Village Voice among others. Smith has written numerous essays for
catalogues and monographs on contemporary artists, and wrote the featured essay in the Judd catalogue raisonné published by the National Gallery of Canada in 1975.  In 2003, the College Art Association awarded Smith the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism.

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